ALBUM REVIEW: Ex-Easter Island Head – Twenty-Two Strings | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 05.08.16





At this point in the new millennium, the chances of anyone developing a sound which is genuinely distinctive and essential is pretty slim, but that’s what Ex-Easter Island have done over six years and a handful of releases.

By laying out their guitars horizontally and using them as essentially percussion instruments, they’ve tapped into everything from the gamelan tradition to the hypnotic minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass but really do sound like nothing else.

After 2014’s immense Large Electric Ensemble, this new release is more focused and intimate but no less affecting.

The best way to experience Ex-Easter Island Head is live – the experience can be truly overwhelming – but time spent immersed in Twenty-Two Strings is richly rewarding.


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